To David Karp and all of those who work under the Support Staff:
You are all misogynist, racist, homophobic trash—every single one of you. And David? Yeah, you, David Karp. You need to make some changes.
1.) You and your support team allow people to racially harass people of color. You do the same to queer people. And you especially do this to Queer People of Color. People send us racial slurs, rape threats, death threats because we are not white, because we are not straight, or both; they stalk us, they stalk our families, they continually harass us. Even when said harassers are reported, your response is that you need proof. And after you get proof, your response is: “Freedom of speech. If you don’t like it, don’t look.” Nevermind the fact that these racists come to us and harass us in ways which we have to see until we have blocked them.
2.) When people of color get pushed far enough and dare to stand up to those who are harassing them, you and your support team contact the victim and threaten to delete their blog because “Hate speech isn’t in our policy.” WITHOUT PROOF. You look through our blogs, decide you don’t like what we have to say about our own oppression, and then try to shut us down for defending ourselves.
3.) After all of this, you, a white man have the nerve to ask, “It’s okay if I say the n word, right?” (Spoiler alert: NO IT ISN’T, because it’s a fucking racial slur, you racist fuckface.)
Let’s take a minute to think about that one. David Karp thinks people using racial slurs at people of color is acceptable, thinks people of color responding with justified anger is hate speech, and then has the nerve to ask if he can use one of said slurs himself.
4. You have slut shamed.
5. You have mocked your users.
You’ve done nothing but show how much you care about the base that keeps your business afloat: NOT AT ALL. You don’t care one fucking bit.
How dare you, David Karp. How. Fucking. Dare. You. How dare you think it is perfectly acceptable to take advantage of people the way that you do. How dare you ignore our cries for help, perpetuate problems that affect us in very real ways, and then expect us to be here, to trust you, to be your patrons.
David, you seem to forget who we are. So let me remind you.
We—the users of this website, the people who you see fit to trample over every day—feed your pay check.
WE are the ones who got this Tumblr business off of the ground. Not you. Without us, the users, Tumblr would be an empty, failed site. It is because of US that you have thrived.
WE are your supporters.
WE are your investors.
WE are the gears that keep your machine running.
WE are the beams that hold your fucking website up.
And we are here and lift this site (and by proxy, you) by choice, not because we have to be.
And WE can let it fall just as quickly.
You have shown time and time again that you don’t give a damn about us. You don’t care about victimizing people who make up the fucking majority of the global population. You don’t care about hurting the users who make up over fifty percent of your userbase. But we’ve seen what you do care about. You don’t care that your users get harassed for not being white. You don’t care that your users get harassed for being female. You don’t care that your users get harassed because they’re queer. You don’t care about doing anything to protect us.
And you apparently don’t care about keeping us, either, given your refusal to revise your security issues.
All you care about is your site running your way, everyone else be damned, included the people who keep it afloat and keep you sitting comfy and rich in the first place. You care about nothing but yourself and the money you make off of this website.
But you need to listen to us, David Karp. You need to start caring about us.. You may have made the concept for Tumblr, but we’re the ones running this machine. And we can bring it all to a screeching halt just as quickly. Things need to change. You need to take action against the real hate speech. You need to listen to your users who get hurt on this site every day. You need to reform your safety policy. You need to start making changes to this website to accommodate what the users want. You need to start worrying about our safety because when our lives are put in danger because of your lack of security options on this site, your website is a cause of whatever happens to us.
You need to listen to us.
If you’re not going to do that, then fine. You can have your site. You can have it your way. And you can have it all by your fucking self, because I am not going to keep my gear in this machine turning if you’re going to continually shit on me every day.
Keep making an ass of yourself and acting like this website, this castle that you’ve built, is built on the most solid of rocks, but don’t you dare forget that you built it on us, people who will let you go and let you fall if you shit on us enough.
You may be The Creator, but we are The People.
And we are not happy.
Signed with the utmost sincerity,
[Please feel free to sign your name if you want]
Signed and passed along.
Signed and boosted
FIND THE BLOCK BUTTON AND USE IT +Don’t allow anon questions. David Karp is not responsible for your wellbeing on tumblr, you are. Next time you’re gonna write an open letter to the internets?
- Ruth Wilson Gibson (via thechanelmuse)
racism is alive and well in noncapitalist states as well. so this quote is meaningless. or at least it tries to blame an economic sytem for a societal plague. recent case in point: venezuela and its treatment of jewish people.
i’ll say it once more: there is no way either communism/socialism nor democracy can exist in its true form. the problem is not with the ideals, nor the structures. the problem is that these systems are run by people. people aren’t perfect. people who want to be near power are even less so. greed and corruption aren’t a capitalist trait, it’s a human trait.
T. J. Lane, remember him? the 17 year old in Ohio that SHOT up a highschool, KILLING three students and wounding 3 others?
Trayvon Martin, y’all know him, his image is still fresh in all media outlets.
So what’s the problem here? Well for starters, T. J. Lane is being humanized for literally walking into a school and opening fire on INNOCENT KIDS. He’s being treated like a child having his hand smacked by his mom saying, “Sweetie, that was bad, you shouldn’t do it again, here’s a piece of candy.” Everyone is literally bending over backwards to say that T.J. had family issues and other psychologic issues that contributed to his behaviour and that he didn’t fully understand the seriousness of his actions. Fuck that. The kid is 17 years of age unless he’s suffering from savere retardation, this kid knew that shooting someone is a serious thing, that once a person is dead he can’t come back to life. And from my interpretation, he’s not suffering from any impairing disease, he’s not schizophrenic nor does he havr multiple personality disorder. This is a fully functioning teenager who deliberately went into a school anticipating his killing/shooting of other teens, AT RANDOM. Yet most media is still treating him like a troubled child. THE FUCKING FACT IS THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF KIDS WHO GREW UP IN FUCKED UP HOMES BUT THEY’RE NOT KILLING PEOPLE! Had the situation arised where T.J. had been a POC they would’ve hit headlines with shit like “T.J. Lane, drug dealing thug—”, competency test denied, and he would’ve been trailed as an adult for 3 counts of murder, felonious use of a firearm, and 3 counts of aggravated assualt with a quickness. But instead with get bombarded with pictures of a handsome “all american boy” and we’re supposed to feel sorry for him. fuck out here.
Trayvon Martin on the other hand was a 17 year old walking home from the store with candy and a drink when he was shot and killed in a gated community by george zimmerman because he looked suspicious. Okay we weren’t there, but we know enough to say that there is no way in hell zimmerman should’ve been allowed to use Florida’s stand your ground bullshit that resulted in an INNOCENT KIDS DEATH. zimmerman is a big guy compared to Trayvon was deadly force necessary to “defend” himself? fuck no. That asshole carried a concealed firearm because he was afraid. Imagine a America where everyone was allowed to carry a gun to defend themselves, lots of racially motivated killings and unnecessary deaths. However, media especially right-winged media is forgetting one thing, Trayvon Martin WAS THE VICTIM. He was unarmed, walking home in a community he lived in, when he was followed then assaulted by zimmerman, a grown man, in a car. HOL’ UP, a grown man IN A fucking CAR?! Wouldn’t you have kept it moving too? Abduction and hate crime is real out here. Yet we’re seeing images floating around of Trayvon looking ratchet. Is thar enough to say that Trayvon deserved to die? Because that’s all I’m seeing when zimmeran’s dad speaks out about his son and that is all i see when media presents Trayvon as some hooligan. It’s a pat on the back, enabling zimmerman, telling him, an adult, that it was fine to use deadly force against a teenager that weighed less than him, that didn’t tower over him, that was only walking home in the rain with a bag of skittles and an iced tea in his hands, that it was okay to shoot him because he was young and black and looked suspicious.
It’s funny that the sensitive information leaked about lane was that he grew up in a fucked up household, while information leaked about Martin have been about him being suspended from school and possible marijuana usage. now, ain’t that some shit?
The media is full of it, that’s why I barely watch the news. I forgot all about that school shooting. If I watched the news more often I would have known about Trayvon Martin sooner. You’re absolutely right, if T.J. Lane were black they would have thrown the book at him. It’s sickening to me that the media is treating Trayvon Martin…a murder victim like the perpetrator when the most important fact is…Zimmerman followed [despite being told not to by the 911 dispatcher] Trayvon and started a confrontation, even IF Trayvon somehow got the best of Zimmerman before he got trigger happy the only person in that situation exercising Self-Defense was Trayvon. Legally someone can’t claim self-defense if they stalk and chase someone and start a physical confrontation, especially if they have a deadly weapon and the person they’re pursuing is unarmed. Apparently Trayvon getting kicked out of school and allegedly smoking weed means he was a superthug, if he were a white kid he would just be considered “troubled” but still a good kid but because he was a black kid who was a fan of No Limit [Master P and C-Murder’s label] and posted some racially stereotypical crap on his twitter, they automatically label him as a “gangsta”. The so-called journalists going out of their way to make the victim out to be the guilty need to walk off a cliff like the sheep they are. The Sanford Police have gone out of their way to coerce witness testimony that supports Zimmerman’s B.S. story and they’ve ignored key witnesses that support the truth. People keep saying that you have to look at both sides of the story but there’s always three sides to a story - the two people’s stories and the absolute truth. Zimmerman already eliminated one of the stories when he callously shot and murdered Trayvon, the only story left is the Truth and the evidence - which all point to Zimmerman being a liar.
So what if Trayvon didn’t actually live in that neighborhood, so what if he was on his way back to the residence of his father and his father’s girlfriend. His father lived there so that’s where he was. Visiting or not, that doesn’t mean he didn’t belong there. Zimmerman targeted him because he was black, a white kid in a hoodie would not have aroused his suspicions because he already had his mind made up that the alleged burglaries in the neighborhood were being committed by “coons” [a word which many have said Zimmerman used in one of the 911 tapes]. I myself haven’t been able to bring myself to listen to the tapes, I don’t want to hear Zimmerman’s racist voice or 17 year old Trayvon pleading for his life.
Zimmerman should have been arrested and charged with murder or at the very least - manslaughter. No, instead the police ignored the facts and dismissed key witnesses and let a mentally unhinged wannabe cop vigilante with a criminal record walk free without so much as a drug test. Then they tested Trayvon the dead teenager with no criminal record for drugs and let his body sit in the morgue as a John Doe for over a week even though they had everything they needed to make an identification including his cell phone - with which they could have called his parents. If Trayvon were white, his murderer would have been arrested and his parents would have been called down to the morgue to identify their son that very night.
To the people saying this is not a race issue just because George Zimmerman is Hispanic as well as White, please shut up and sit in a corner somewhere facing the wall. Zimmerman’s neighbors complained about him always making racist comments about black people, he didn’t want them in his neighborhood. Then one night he saw one and decided to take action. Everyone with common sense and everyone that isn’t in denial when it comes to REALITY knows that if Zimmerman were black he would have been arrested and charged with murder on the spot. Zimmerman being part Hispanic does not make him exempt from White Privilege [if you don’t know what this is or choose to be ignorant of it’s existence in our society, please look it up].
Please people, stop acting as if racism doesn’t still exist.
P.S.- This blog wasn’t meant to be racial or political. It was just going to be about movies, TV Shows, and music but I can’t stay silent on these issues. This case is so messed up.
I don’t have many followers on this page but I’m willing to lose some, if ANYONE following me right now thinks Zimmerman stalking and shooting Trayvon to death and getting away with it is acceptable - please unfollow me now and save me the time of blocking you.
To those who haven’t already, please follow the link and sign the petition to make sure they prosecute the killer of Trayvon Martin:
Last night, I left Tumblr and decided, as I often do, to come back later with a clear head to reevaluate the situation. I did that. I have a lot to say about what happened yesterday. A LOT. Yes, I will be saying every single thing I want to say…tomorrow.
Today, I want to talk about Trayvon Martin.
I was ashamed that I allowed so much focus to be put somewhere other than Trayvon Martin yesterday. I take the blame for allowing that to happen. Not the fault for it happening in the first place, the blame for going in on it when the person in question was not the person who should have been discussed.
I told someone I felt that way and their reply message said that I should continue to do what I was doing because I am basically just trying to survive. They said, that is the greatest thing any of us can do to remember Trayvon Martin. I was thankful for this comment, for this person showing up and saying these words at the exact moment that I needed them. I am not going to say your name because I didn’t ask you if I could but if you are okay with making yourself known, please do.
This is what I thought about all night last night. Not the arguments. Not the horrible one sided view points. I thought about this statement.
What must it be like to NOT have to have “Survival” as something that is part of your daily To-Do list? I can’t imagine it. I really can’t.
I couldn’t (and still haven’t) stop thinking about it because I’ve never thought about it before.
If is part of your life, your every day, every hour, your ever minute life, it is ordinary. It’s just Wednesday. There is nothing “Extra” to dissect.
Part of Trayvon Martin’s “Ordinary” was running and being afraid.
I would love for this to be an “Isolated incident” as so many are claiming but I know better. I knew better before the MANY Black men came forward to say that they stayed in their own homes for fear of “Fitting the profile” in that neighborhood. I knew before the MANY people came forward to say what the exact “Profile” was. I knew.
Trayvon Martin knew.
He left his home to go to store, knowing. He went anyway because…what else was he going to do? Not get his brother the Skittles?
You may laugh at that last sentence but the fact is, he died because he left his house being Black. He died because he did the very thing that you would do without a second thought. He went to the store.
He is dead now. He is dead now because he left the house being Black. He is dead now because he came back home being Black with Skittles. He is spending his college years in a casket because he liked Arizona Tea. He is spending his wedding ceremony in a casket because he…was.
Trayvon Martin didn’t survive. Today I am going to talk about him and ONLY him but tomorrow, tomorrow I will survive again. Tomorrow I will survive to show exactly why your stubbed toe is not more important than my decapitated body.
Tomorrow, I will survive again.
I think about this every day.
What would my life be like if I were treated like a human being? Would I still be that hyper, awesome, sweet kid I was before?
“Racism still alive, they just be concealing it” - Kanye West
my twitter feed is full of tweets about the march being held on Union Square right now.